i.am FIRST

We have partnered with inventor Dean Kamen and his FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) after school program to encourage and celebrate the engineering and technology prowess of K-12 kids. i.am Steam includes participation in regional FIRST activities and producing “i.am FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll”, a back to school TV special that aired in primetime on ABC Network in August, 2011.

“I’m proud to help FIRST inspire young people to pursue science and technology careers... The experience that students gain and the values they learn in FIRST programs are crucial to creating the innovative problem solvers of tomorrow.” — will.i.am

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Featured Videos

Science is Rock & Roll

Science is Rock & Roll

Science is "music", "the future" — and the reason we aren't still cavemen!

FIRST Robotics Press Conference with will.i.am

FIRST Robotics Press Conference with will.i.am

will.i.am is a big fan and supporter of FIRST Robotics and was in St. Louis watching the championship in 2011.

will.I.am and Dean Kamen at FIRST Robotics 2011

will.I.am and Dean Kamen at FIRST Robotics 2011

Catch the action from Manchester, NH!

The Latest News

i.am FIRST Robotics Program Launched in Boyle Heights

Feb 6, 2014

i.am FIRST Robotics Program Launched in Boyle Heights

The i.am.angel Foundation is proud to launch the first-ever competitive robotics team in Boyle Heights at Roosevelt High School. Robotics is one of the best embodiments of STEAM. It's about hands-on, project-based learning, and it combines engineering with coding and design. Robotics is like a varsity sport for the mind!

will.i.am Makes It Loud at FIRST Robotics Championship 2013

Apr 29, 2013

will.i.am Makes It Loud at FIRST Robotics Championship 2013

This morning at the FIRST Robotics Championship, Dean Kamen welcomed FIRST's most famous supporter to the stage during the Opening Ceremonies, to the roar of the 30,000 attendees at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. But to FIRST participants, will.i.am isn't just a famous pop star; he's their biggest cheerleader.

10,000+ Students From Around the World Put Custom-Built Robots to the Test at 2013 FIRST Championship

Apr 28, 2013

10,000+ Students From Around the World Put Custom-Built Robots to the Test at 2013 FIRST Championship

This week, more than 10,000 students from around the globe traveled to St. Louis, Mo. to put their engineering skills to the test at the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, held at the Edward Jones Dome.